Two areas Jake Livermore is better than Aston Villa's main midfielders

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Reported Aston Villa transfer target Jake Livermore would add to the side in two key areas if they signed him.

The Daily Mirror claims Aston Villa will make a move for Jake Livermore if Hull City are relegated from the Premier League.

Livermore’s relationship with Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood is cited as one of the main reasons the deal could happen, with the pair having worked together at Tottenham Hotspur.

So how does he compare to the current midfielders at the club? Some Villa players have been omitted as they have played significantly fewer minutes than the Hull man.

  PositionTeamGoalsPassing AccuracyWon Tackles Per GameInterceptions Won Per GameDuels Won Per GameAppearancesMins Played
Jake Livermore MF Hull City 1 84% 2.13 1.87 4.03 31 2,749
Tom Cleverley MF Aston Villa / Man Utd 0 87% 2.11 0.78 4.41 27 2,178
Fabian Delph MF Aston Villa 0 85% 1.91 1.48 6.13 23 1,984
Charles N'Zogbia MF Aston Villa 0 79% 0.41 0.14 2.23 22 1,100
Carlos Sánchez MF Aston Villa 0 83% 1.88 1.36 6.24 25 1,879
Ashley Westwood MF Aston Villa 0 83% 0.91 1.23 2.09 22 1,739

The two immediate stats, which jump out are the number of successful tackles he’s making per game on average alongside successful interceptions, both of which are better than Aston Villa’s main midfield men in the same areas.

It suggests that he’d add aggression to Villa’s midfield and also has a good ability to read the game, which would be useful in defence and attack.

In defence it would help to cut out danger before it develops and further up the pitch, it would help Villa maintain their pressure over their opposition.

He’s also competitive in terms of his passing accuracy and in terms of the duels he wins against other players on average.

In terms of how Tim Sherwood likes Villa to use the ball and the way he likes his middle men to battle, Villa would lose nothing by signing him and he's also ahead in terms of goals.

However, the Tigers still have a realistic chance of staying up, which would throw a spanner into the works.

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